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Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:50 pm

.... is trying very hard to persuade me to read the Harry Potter books.

I've seen some of the movies (on telly), but have never read the books.

Is it worth my while?

I've just tried to explain Discworld to him, and I'd only got as far as the Disc, the elephants and the turtle, and he said it was way too much for him to accept!! :roll:
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Postby poohcarrot » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:51 pm

I enjoyed Harry Potter. :D
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:04 pm

I enjoyed the Harry Potter books as well. Bought the last few on the day they came on sale and read them straight away. :)

However, I've never felt inclined to reread them. I don't think they are particularly deep. Pratchett books are more satisfying, but you certainly might enjoy the Potters. There's a lot more to them than the movies. :wink:
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Postby poohcarrot » Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:08 pm

Agree! They're not very re-readable. :P
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Postby pip » Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:36 pm

Don't know about that. I've read them all twice. Its a fair bit less than the ol discworld but i find they flow quite well and are generally enjoyable.

Definitely worth a look.
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Postby DaveC » Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:56 pm

I've read each of them once and like them. My other half is a huge fan, though, and has read them all about 20 times. I like the films a lot as well.

Well worth it on average I would say, though, they only get really good from Azkaban onwards, just like the films. :)
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:03 pm

They certainly flow very well. I think she caused herself a lot of problems by writing everything from Harry's point of view though. As far as I can remember, there's only one bit in one of the last books that is not from this point of view.

That's the bit with Tony Blair in. :wink:
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:09 pm

Tony Blair?

That's put me right off 'em. :shock:
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Postby DaveC » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:18 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:Tony Blair?

That's put me right off 'em. :shock:


Well its says Prime Minister - read them now and you can imagine David Cameron. :)
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Postby pip » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:23 pm

DaveC wrote:
Bouncy Castle wrote:Tony Blair?

That's put me right off 'em. :shock:


Well its says Prime Minister - read them now and you can imagine David Cameron. :)


Timeline wise would it not be John Major. I remember someone questioning her timelines as the primeminister referes to his predescessor as a man but it would have been Maggie Tatcher.

I didn't see the problem. :lol:
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Postby michelanCello » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:33 pm

I grew up on the Potters, and I'm a huge fan of the Potter series! :wink: Read them all in two languages and used to listen to the audiobooks in dutch, which was great.

I've never been a big Harry fan though. I mean, he's just a boy with a huge hero complex, and he quite annoys me sometimes. But the others I do like. :wink:

spoiler wrote:I do think that Rowling wanted to kill Harry in the and, just couldn't, not because of emotional purposes, but because, like Tony said, she made a big mistake by writing only in Harry's point of view. You can't tell how you're dying... Well, I guess you can, but that'd be like: ...and than the world faded away, and darkness came. Or something like that, but anyway, you can't end a book like that...
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Postby mystmoon » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:34 pm

They peak at about book 3/4 and then they're not so enjoyable (she needed a good editing job on the last few I reckon)
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Postby pip » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:44 pm

mystmoon wrote:They peak at about book 3/4 and then they're not so enjoyable (she needed a good editing job on the last few I reckon)


A friend of mine wrote her masters thesis on the Harry Potter series and got a first .
Goes to show what you can get away with :lol:
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Postby DaveC » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:48 pm

pip wrote:
mystmoon wrote:They peak at about book 3/4 and then they're not so enjoyable (she needed a good editing job on the last few I reckon)


A friend of mine wrote her masters thesis on the Harry Potter series and got a first .
Goes to show what you can get away with :lol:


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Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:51 pm

Which is odd, since you were studying mathematics at the time! :wink:
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